Community Engagement and Research

Dr. Linda Cottler and Dr. Mobeen Rathore

Co-Directors: Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., MPH, and Mobeen Rathore, M.D.

The Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP) provides consultation to faculty, students and affiliated health care partners and community organizations on designing and conducting health-focused studies and outreach in community settings. The goal of the CERP is to promote collaborative relationships with communities to address the health and well-being of community members.

Download our program flier for an overview of CERP resources, initiatives and contacts.

Faculty Advisors

CERP faculty advisors have extensive experience in designing and conducting community-based studies and outreach activities in partnership with local communities. We provide a multidisciplinary perspective and our advisors represent the fields of medicine, health education and behavior, health outcomes research, sociology and epidemiology and are from the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health and Health Professions, Dentistry and Nursing. Our faculty advisors provide review and consultation of protocols and recommend potential collaborators in academic and community settings.

Community Advisory Boards and Community Research Associate

The CERP has Community Advisory Boards (CABs) in Jacksonville and Gainesville and is establishing one in Orlando. The CABs are available to provide feedback about community-based projects for faculty, students and CERP health care and community partners. The CERP also has a Community Research Associate in Jacksonville to work with faculty and local communities in designing and conducting community-based studies.

Research Networks, Programs & Projects

  • HealthStreet
  • North Florida Pediatric Community Research Network
  • Sentinel Network for Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Addressing therapy for HIV-infected women in Jacksonville
  • Conducting work to support immunizations and to prevent infections in community settings
  • Working with community programs in Jacksonville to address health care needs of older adults who are also minorities

Program Co-Directors

Linda Cottler –; 352-273-5468
Mobeen Rathore –; 904-244-3739